Albrecht von Wallenstein was born on 24 September 1583 in Heřmanice, Bohemia which is the easternmost and largest region in what was then the Holy Roman Empire. He was a Bohemian military leader and an Imperial Count Palatine active during the Thirty Years‘ War. He became the supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg Monarchy and was a major figure of the Thirty Years‘ War.
Wallenstein was born in Hermanitz an der Elbe into a poor protestant noble family. He acquired a multilingual university education across Europe and converted to Roman Catholicism in 1606. A marriage in 1609 to the wealthy widow of a Bohemian landowner gave Wallenstein access to considerable estates and wealth after her death at an early age in 1614.